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Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 1:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 4:54 AM
BEAVERCREEK — UPDATE @8:20 a.m.
Greene County commissioners issued a county-wide emergency
Tornadoes hit the area Monday evening, causing extensive damage in Beavercreek.
The Beavercreek mayor issued an emergency for the city already this morning.
UPATE @ 5 a.m: Evacuation efforts are complete for the Gardenview platt and parts of of Spicer Heights after severe storms and tornadoes hit Beavercreek and other areas throughout the Miami Valley, according to the city’s Facebook page.
Gas leaks and power outages are severe in the aforementioned platts, and crews are working to clear downed power lines.
“Thanks to all who have volunteered or offered words of support during the process. Please be safe and stay out of the area of Kemp Road between Grange Hall and Hanes Road”, the post read.
UPDATE @3:56 a.m.
Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone has issued an emergency declaration after severe weather caused widespread damage and some areas are under mandatory evacuation.
The area of Gardenview Drive is being evacuated.
Emergency crews are closing roads due to downed power lines and gas leaks. Everyone is asked to stay away from the areas of Kemp Road, Grange Hall Road and North Fairfield Road.
“It is not safe... Please stay out for your safety and others,” Stone said. “We are still in the search and rescue mode.”
Beavercreek schools Superintendent Paul Otten said his neighborhood off Trebein Road near Gilbert’s Party Barn has “crazy damage” from the storms late Monday night.
“We have downed power lines, but the biggest thing we’re seeing is that there are trees just gone,” Otten said. “My neighbor across from me has four huge trees and they’re just shredded. Some out of them are out of the ground and others just have no limbs left on them.”
Otten said trees in the neighborhood have fallen on cars and crushed them.
Beavercreek schools are already finished for the year, but Otten said the Greene County school superintendents were all calling and texting each other just after 12:30 a.m., as those still in school were debating what to do about Tuesday’s classes. Otten said some districts might at least have a delay to allow daylight time to review damage.
Some streets may be impassable for buses or unsafe for children to walk on.
“If we were in school tomorrow, I’d probably be closing – there are wires down and trees laying across the road,” Otten said.
In other parts of the city, Grange Hall Road and Garden View experienced heavy damage, and we have reports several houses are damaged. In addition, five houses and several cars are reportedly damage, and multiple trees are down, callers to our newsroom said.